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27 May 2020

Tobacco ban a ‘deal with the devil’, undermining transformation – lobby groups


The ongoing tobacco ban is setting back transformation in the business environment and severely impacting black farmers and businesspeople, lobby groups have said.

A study conducted by the Department of Science and Innovation and the Human Sciences Research Council among around 19 000 people, meanwhile, stated that the cigarette ban had been “efficient” and that smokers were largely sticking to the ban. It also found that there were risks of decreased physical distancing associated with smoking and liquor consumption.

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